Top Gun Director Tony Scott Dead in Apparent Suicide

UPDATE: Various news agencies have reported that Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.

British director Tony Scott, the man behind such action films as Top Gun, Crimson Tide, and Unstoppable, has apparently committed sucide in Los Angeles, TheWrap has reported.

The 68 year old director, the brother of director Ridley Scott, reportedly jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach on Sunday and died instantly. According to the Los Angeles coroner, the director left a suicide note in his car that was parked nearby.

Scott directed a number of iconic action films, including Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, True Romance, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man On Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and Unstoppable. His films helped define the modern action blockbuster.

He was currently working on a sequel to Top Gun as well as a movie adaptation of Killing Lincoln, based on the book by Bill O’Reilly. He and his brother Ridley ran Scott Free Productions, the production company behind all of their films, including the recent Prometheus.

Hollywood has started to comment on Scott’s passing. Ron Howard tweeted “No More Tony Scott movies. Tragic day.” Actress Kat Dennings also tweeted “Tony Scott, rest in peace. How horribly sad.”

The Movie Pool extends its condolences to the Scott family.